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Limbaugh: Health Care Reform Just Like Hitler!

Rush Limbaugh, apparently concerned that he may be losing the truly paranoid loonies to Glenn Beck, said recently on his radio show that health care reform was not about getting health insurance for the uninsured, it was all about recreating the Third Reich:

This is not about free health care for people, this is not about making sure the poor and the disadvantaged or middle class people who can’t afford it have healthcare. It’s never been about that for Obama. It’s about the government running it. Once the government has control over your healthcare, they control every aspect of your life. And as important as healthcare is to everybody, if the government says you gotta do A, B and C in order to get healthcare, you’ll do it. You’ll be too scared not to. Healthcare has always been, nationalized healthcare has always been one of the first objectives of any of the famous totalitarian regimes. Hitler, national socialism, first thing he did, nationwide healthcare. The socialists in the UK, nationwide healthcare. You get that and you control everything about how people live.

Yes, of course. Before Hitler sent six million Jews to death, he first made sure they had access to health insurance. Every historian knows that! And if this were true, why hasn’t the UK turned into a fascist nightmare? They’ve had truly nationalized health care since 1946, immediately after Hitler was defeated, yet they haven’t turned into a totalitarian country. Gee, it’s almost like this argument is total bullshit, isn’t it?

Of course, the Affordable Care Act is nothing even remotely like a “government takeover of health care” or nationalized health care. It’s subsidized private insurance. If it were nationalized health care, there wouldn’t be any more insurance companies and the government would own all the hospitals and control access. They don’t.

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  1. Chiroptera says

    …if the government says you gotta do A, B and C in order to get healthcare, you’ll do it.

    I wonder how many people do A, B, and C because their employers threaten to fire them, thus taking away their health coverage, if they don’t?

  2. AsqJames says

    And if this were true, why hasn’t the UK turned into a fascist nightmare? They’ve had truly nationalized health care since 1946, immediately after Hitler was defeated, yet they haven’t turned into a totalitarian country.

    I know it’s off topic, but that’s all about to change in just a few days time. From April 1st, most services will have to be put out to competitive tender. In the name of efficiency, GPs will have to spend hundreds of millions administering the tendering process and will be open to legal challenges (and consequently massive costs) from any private provider who loses out and thinks they should have won. Oh, and about a third of those GPs already own shares in or are otherwise financially tied to one or more of the companies they’ll be paying NHS cash to.

  3. gregggarthright says

    It makes me crazy when the right wing calls Obamacare ( I like that name!) a “government takeover of health care”. In reality, the Affordable Care Act is a modest step towards having a decent health care system in this country.

  4. Taz says

    And if this were true, why hasn’t the UK turned into a fascist nightmare?

    Apparently it has. Limbaugh is quite clearly citing Hitler and socialists in the UK as examples of “famous totalitarian regimes”.

  5. D. C. Sessions says

    That’s strange — I could have sworn that the national health care in Germany was started by von Bismarck. Of course, that was around the time that Hitler was born so there’s still a connection.

  6. says

    Once the government has control over your healthcare, they control every aspect of your life.

    Yeah! Take that, Medicare and the VA!
     

    “They don’t.”

    Don’t they, Ed Brayton? Don’t they, really?
     
    gregggarthright “In reality, the Affordable Care Act is a modest step towards having a decent health care system in this country.”
    Do you know who else took a modest step towards having a decent health care system in this country? Hitler!

  7. says

    I thought it was that raving socialist Bismarck who started health care in Germany?

    The Bismarck Model
    Named for the Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who invented the welfare state as part of the unification of Germany in the 19th century. Despite its European heritage, this system of providing health care would look fairly familiar to Americans. It uses an insurance system — the insurers are called “sickness funds” — usually financed jointly by employers and employees through payroll deduction.
    Unlike the U.S. insurance industry, though, Bismarck-type health insurance plans have to cover everybody, and they don’t make a profit. Doctors and hospitals tend to be private in Bismarck countries; Japan has more private hospitals than the U.S. Although this is a multi-payer model — Germany has about 240 different funds — tight regulation gives government much of the cost-control clout that the single-payer Beveridge Model provides.
    The Bismarck model is found in Germany, of course, and France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, and, to a degree, in Latin America. — http://www.pnhp.org/single_payer_resources/health_care_systems_four_basic_models.php

  8. alwayscurious says

    Hitler misused national healthcare to further his own agenda–just like he twisted many other governmental agencies to his own end. We have the FBI, despite the Gestapo; we have the FCC, despite the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment And Propaganda. Countries with nationalized healthcare run circles around our own system.

  9. robertharvey says

    A grain of truth. The Dutch health care system was set up by the Nazi occupiers in 1941, and the Dutch liked it so much that they kept it. There have been reforms, but there is a public option for everyone, and all private health insurance is non-profit with defined minimum benefits.

  10. TGAP Dad says

    What the f*** does he care? Isn’t he moving to like Costa Rica or something, since Obamacare was upheld. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out, Rush. Live up to your name for once.

  11. theguy says

    It’s ironic for Limpballs to complain about tyranny, since he would prefer a tyranny where he is in charge.

    “if the government says you gotta do A, B and C”

    But if the private insurance company says you gotta do A, B and C, well, that’s just the free market, dontcha’ know?

    @14

    Ironically for Limpballs, Costa Rica also has universal health care.

  12. fastlane says

    It’s never been about that for Obama. It’s about the government running it. Once the government has control over your healthcare, they control every aspect of your life.

    Right, and we only want the government controlling women’s lives.

    Duh.

  13. caseloweraz says

    I particularly like it that the “famous totalitarian regime” in the United Kingdom is America’s foremost ally.

    What does Limbaugh have to say about that, I wonder?

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